Survey finds you’re really only working 5 hours a day

WASHINGTON — If you’re constantly texting, talking, surfing or otherwise using your smartphone at work, you are costing your employer more productivity than you may think, and bosses are noticing.

A CareerBuilder survey found 75 percent of employers say two or more hours of productivity are lost every day because of employee distraction; 42 percent say at least three hours a day are lost.

And when asked to name the biggest productivity killer, employers cited cellphones and texting.

Among employees surveyed who have smartphones, 82 percent said they keep their phones within eye contact all day at work.

Texting is the top on-the-job smartphone distraction, but shockingly, 4 percent of employees surveyed admitted they use their smartphones to look at pornography at work.  Another 3 percent said they spend time on dating sites.

Smartphones aren’t the only productivity distractions employers cited — others include smoke breaks, gossip and noisy co-workers.

The CareerBuilder survey was conducted by Harris Poll between Feb. 10 and March 17, and included 2,200 managers and 3,000 employees.

Below are the top distractions, as cited by employers, in CareerBuilder’s recent survey:

(Courtesy of CareerBuilder Inc.)


Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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